By Sue Moore
Although Garrett Ketelaar was an outstanding quarterback for the Vicksburg High School football team this fall, he has elected to sign a letter of intent to play baseball next year at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek. “Baseball has always been my passion, having played it most of my life,” he said.
Ketelaar will be joining two former Vicksburg athletes playing for Kellogg: Drew Hamilton and his own brother, Dalton Ketelaar, who has signed on as a pitcher. The team is highly accomplished, having won seven conference titles in its league over the last 11 years under Coach Eric Laskovy.
Brian Deal, Vicksburg’s baseball coach said Garrett “is a very talented multi-sport athlete. His athleticism is on display every time he takes the field and plays shortstop for our varsity baseball team. He plays a demanding position at a very high level. In addition to his skill on the field he is also a gifted leader for all of our athletes. He sets a good example of hard work for the athletes on our team to follow. I am very proud of him that he has the opportunity to play baseball at the next level.”
Ketelaar led the student cheering section during the basketball season as a junior and decided to try out for the team as a senior where his leadership skills will be equally important. “I’ve watched my brother excel and am grateful that he pushes me to be better. He’s my biggest fan.”
As an athlete, Ketelaar wants to major in sports management to continue living his dream.